25 Oct 2021

Covid-19 update: 109 new community cases

1:39 pm on 25 October 2021

There are 109 community cases of Covid-19 reported in New Zealand today.

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Of the new cases 103 are in Auckland, four are in Waikato and there are two new cases in Northland.

As at 10am, 47 of these cases were linked and 62 remain unlinked, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

There are 35 people in hospital, down from 50 yesterday. Of those in hospital, seven are in North Shore, 13 in Middlemore, 14 in Auckland, and one in Waikato.

In the last 24 hours, 24,343 tests have been processed.

Blenheim case

The ministry has confirmed the case who recently travelled to Blenheim spent the night at a residential address in Tokoroa before flying from Rotorua Airport.

All three Blenheim contacts have now tested negative and are isolating.

Residents in Marlborough, Nelson and Tasman with symptoms, even if they are mild, are asked to be tested despite vaccination status.

The ministry says people living in Tokoroa and Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough, in particular are asked to monitor the locations of interest.

Public Health officials are investigating whether there are any potential exposure events in the area, associated with this case.

Testing is available today and tomorrow in Blenheim at Horton Park, off Redwood Street until 5.30pm, in Nelson at the Saxton Field parking area in Suffolk Road in Stoke today and tomorrow until 4pm.

New Waikato cases

There are two new cases in Waikato other than the two Ōtorohanga cases first reported last night. One of the new cases is in Hamilton and one in Te Awamutu/Kihikihi.

They are known contacts of existing cases.

Anyone in Waikato with symptoms, or who may have been in contact with a case, is urged to get a test.

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Ōtorohanga cases

Last night, the Ministry of Health also reported two new cases of Covid-19 in the Waikato town of Ōtorohanga and that early indications were they were close contacts of a previously confirmed case from Te Awamutu.

The ministry says they are now isolating locally in dedicated accommodation, with public health oversight.

Northland cases

The two new cases in Northland are expected, the ministry said.

They have both been in isolation throughout their infectious period.

There have now been seven cases in Northland during this outbreak.

People in Northland are asked to regularly check the locations of interest.

Additional testing, and vaccination, is available here:

  • Kaitaia - Kaitaia Hospital - open 9am to 4pm
  • Kerikeri - 1 Sammaree Place - open 9am to 4pm
  • Rawene, Rawene Hospital - 9am-2pm (testing only)
  • Ōhaeawai - Ōhaeawai Rugby Clubrooms - open 10am to 4pm
  • Dargaville - Dargaville Hospital - open 10am to 3pm
  • Whangārei - 20 Winger Crescent - open 9am to 4pm

Yesterday 80 community cases of Covid-19 were reported, but prior to that cases had been in the triple digits for three days with 104 community cases reported on Saturday, 129 cases on Friday and 102 cases on Thursday.

Of yesterday's 80 cases, 25 have exposure events.

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